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Dec 7, 2013 4:00am EST
.s. ambassador to china. twice elected as utah's governor, he brought about strong economic reforms, tripled the state's rainy day fund, and helped bring unemployment rates to historic lows. in his tenure, utah was named the best state in america and the best state in which to do business. he serves as co-chair of no labels with u.s. senator joe masden. it's working to bring about solutions to attract wide support in congress and begin rebuilding the america's people's trust in the federal government. also with us today, is senator evan bayh. senator evan bayh is a former two-term governor, served also as the secretary of state of indiana and served in the u.s. senate from 1999 to 2011. as governor of indiana, he enacted welfare reform, cut taxes, and brought about fiscal disciplines to state's budgets. in the u.s. senate, he was a leading voice, advocating for fiscal restraint, on government spending. he also worked in a bipartisan manner, something missing right now, to seek consensus on several key issues, including financial services reform and health care. our plenary session will begin
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Dec 9, 2013 2:00pm EST
in election year. host: the house is expected to adjourn for the year on friday and the senate shortly after. a lot of high-profile legislation still hanging in the balance. it is the list of what is likely to make it through the 113th congress. caller: i think the only thing that is likely to get through is the defense authorization act. we will see what gets included. one thing we will be watching is to see whether any legislation sanctioning iran is added to that bill. the administration is doing everything it can to prevent congress from doing that but a lot of members are still interested in adding sanctions to iran. another thing to watch for is the farm bill. if they cannot get a deal they are going to have to extend existing -- finally the senate are here for and asked her week. they will look at a lot of nominations, particularly after the filibuster changes republicans ran through a couple of weeks ago. among the big nominees are the new chairwoman of the federal reserve, jackie ellen. host: another -- a number of articles suggest this is the most unproductive congress ever. why is
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Dec 7, 2013 2:00am EST
generation, not the next election cycle. they are willing to put their country before their political party. something interesting is happening here. we have gone from a clinical trial to almost a finished product and i think going into the next year we will likely get real resonance with leadership on capitol hill. why? because we will have reached critical mass. i think that is where we are going. you have to prove the point. you have to have critical mass in order to move the market and that is where we are going to be this next year. >> this is for both of you gentlemen. with cable news, with whether it is on the left report right or the right there is a dialogue and tends it would seem to perpetuate that polarization. when do you say to an elected elected he figures when they have to go -- official when they have to go back and face a constituency. what do you say to the elected official? how will you convince that elected official that forging the compromises is not going to cost them their next election because of the polarization and the perpetration of that by both the left and the
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Dec 9, 2013 10:30am EST
with my wife in westminster hall when he addressed both houses of our parliament as the democratically-elected president of all south africans. and i know i speak on behalf of the people in my constituency, holborn and st. pancras because they have a very special relationship with the anti-apartheid movement. the movement was founded at a meeting of about 60 people in the holborn halls in the summer of 959. 1959. its first leaflets were distributed a fortnight later outside camden town tube station. and its headquarters were always located in our area. it always had our support. so local people were particularly delighted when mr. mandela came to camden town in july 2003 to unveil a blue plaque this memory of ruth first who was murdered by the south african secret police and joe slovo who was a member of president mandela's first cabinet, and i'm delighted to see here observing us today his daughter, gillian. over many years committed people be in britain campaigned against apartheid, against the trials of the leaders of the african national congress and against the imprisonment that followed.
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Dec 7, 2013 12:00am EST
from there to his release, and not much time later to his election as president, it was part of an era of historic change around the world that i think will be remembered as such for a long time. the president has spoken a lot about this, not just last night, so i will point you to what he said in the past. it is a remarkable thing. in broadcast and in print, you guys have been doing a terrific job of celebrating his life and noting how unique he is. there is no debate around the world about the fundamental goodness of this man. it wasn't always that way but it is today. getting really close to roberto was talking about dates but december 23 when sign up forto insurance, that coverage starting on the first of the year. when a 1 which is a date lot of people are going to be the systemis actually working the way it should be working. all about these up?s that are coming >> we are extremely focused on it, especially the teams and the tech teams. as i noted earlier, we met the goal that we set in november. we are still engaged in a lot of work and we have a lot of work to do to make sure t
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Dec 9, 2013 8:30am EST
should sue us for trademark infringement. despite the election results, there are two schools of thought in the gop. there seem to be two schools of thought on practically every issue today in the gop. but as it comes to elections and how to win elections, one group thinks that what republicans need to do is get more of the base out. another group that i belong to thinks that what we have to do is grow the base. we can't just rely on traditional republican voters. and what i believe is that old, straight, white male voters just ain't what they used to be. and don't get me wrong, i love old, straight, white males. i'm married to one. [laughter] i'm friends with some. [laughter] i've even voted for several. but they're just not winning elections these days. and that is a reality. the demographic trends are just not swinging in their favor. demography matters in politics. that's what jeb bush said yesterday if new york when i was with him. mitt romney got 27% of the latino vote. the percentage of latino voters is increasing, and the percentage of white voters is decreasing. and i know that
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Dec 3, 2013 11:00pm EST
the president failed to enforce election laws? >> before it is initiated? >> i think i know the answer to that question. is, if you can dispense with immigration law or marijuana laws or mandatory minimums, can you dispense of aws?tion l >> i think we have gone over this ground. >> let's do it one more time. can the president suspend election laws? >> no. >> why not? >> because we live in a government of laws and the president is bound to obey them and apply them. the aca,ot applying marijuana laws, mandatory minimums, what is the difference with election laws? >> we have a disagreement on whether or not he is applying those loss. did eric holder instruct his prosecutors to no longer follow mandatory minimums? >> this is an area where i do not know as much as you do. thatfind that shocking anybody would not know more than i do on any topic. >> my impression is that he is not doing what you have said. >> tell me how i am wrong. memo thatr sent out a said we will no longer put in drug amounts. do you agree with me that congress can pass mandatory minimum sentences? >> constitutionally, y
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Dec 4, 2013 3:00am EST
may be tricky, but again the ultimate check on presidential law is elections and in extreme cases engagement, but elections by really should be a check on -- >> so when the irs prevents the word from getting out they infect thwarinfact thwart the e, therefore, elections are no longer the final answer, are they? >> to the extent that the irs targeting is an example of discriminatory enforcement, you're quite right. it's actually the most corrosive form of -- it does cast on everything that follows. it cast doubt on elections that followed. you're quite right. >> thank you, mr. chairman. >> the gentleman from georgia mr. johnson, is recognized for five minutes. >> thank you, mr. chairman. for holding this very important and significant hearing today. get my notes squared away. this hearing is pure political theater. it's a comedy but the audience has seen it so many times now that it's no longer funny. in fact, this hearing is an egregious waste of this committee's time. especially when one considers all of the legislation that remains unaddressed by the house, like immigration refo
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Dec 3, 2013 12:00pm EST
's your suggestion on -- what been finally resolved the i know we said elections, if the elections are affected by decisions of the executive branch, what do the people who are the final arbiters of this definition of the constitution? >> to me are -- >> i'm asking mr. cannon. >> i think it was to meet him and get asking if there's no remedy, what did the people do. to what particular sort of abuses are you -- >> anyone on the list of the enumerated powers, for example, any with the question of war because that's the starkest of all. >> there is a procedure in the constitution that allows peoplee people to amend the constitution without going through congress. that is another method where the people can try to restrain executive spent you suggest then if that should happen why would an executive with such disrespect for the constitution today on an amended constitution from the constitutional convention? >> that is an excellent question. >> i would like to turn to mr. turley. he's had a chance to reflect upon the earlier statement of the situation that we are in, and where this goe
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Dec 3, 2013 9:00pm EST
the framers established athey separate executive branch under the direction of a nationally elected president and charged him to take care that the laws be faithfully executed. look at onea quick of the targets of these charges. that is the phasing in of the aca employer mandate which has called a blatant illegality and many other things. it is a routine temporary course correction. what did the administration do? announced a decision to postpone for one year the january 1 come in 2014 come date for the aca requirement that large employers provide their workers with insurance or pay a tax. this and other subsequently announced the lays do not constitute refusal to enforce the aca. on the contrary, they are merely adjustment designed to ensure effective implementation in accord with bus -- congress's purposes. the proposed regulations that it has followed through on on september 5 make that clear. as does the treasury's statement intends to continue fine-tuning those regulations and working with the people affected by them until they become effective. emphasize that just after the administrati
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Dec 7, 2013 6:00am EST
about elections and that is an issue that has been discussed, but the other issue for me that is bothersome and you try to explain is i'm also asked you have to go up there and you just cut the funds off and shut everything down and it just becomes a blur. i believe he has stepped over review pvp hasn't and that's where we differ. we will agree on something's got agree or not it wasn't in the bounds of the constitution. and that is interesting for us to talk about for just a moment because it comes back to what do we do besides getting the acts together with congress, what can we do? standing is an issue so i want to ask you this question where do we go to begin that process of reclaiming our article one constitution will roll so that it is a three-legged stool and not right now one and a half. >> that is an excellent question. despite my deepest concerns i remain optimistic. most of my life was on the zaire is that it is as serious as you suggesting that there is a good reason people can't understand what's going on because we are acting outside of the system. we have ta
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Dec 2, 2013 11:00pm EST
opportunities for him to regain ground. the last time was followed by a whole election year when he secondake his case for a term, defend his record. this time, you don't have a moment like that where he could say, give me another chance. so it will be a lot harder for like dig out of a hole this. >> even with three more yearles to go? inwhat point does the public washington, d.c. start to look ahead to the next president? >> quickly, given our media environment for one. and you highlighted another obstacle he's facing and trying perceptions are set. and increasingly, the closer we 2016, the there are going to be more and more fixed. o that's a big challenge the white house faces. >> you want to talk to him about president obama, the legacy, how he's dealing with the most recent issues. healthcare.gov, the rollout of the website. the criticism he received. call.us a the phone lines there. 202-585-3881. democrats, 3880. 202-55-32882. on l take your comments e-mail and facebook and twitter. i want to ask you about the end of october. inattention to detail may hurt the presidential legacy. talk
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Dec 7, 2013 4:00am EST
to judicial review. ultimately though, that check on the constitutional violation is the election so this is the sort of hearing that we ought to be having and that the electorate ought to be paying attention to for the next round. >> rector? >> there is little that congress can do if it is divided over the president's abuse of his authority. but unfortunately comin commandr as the traditional revenues go it is very difficult for them to challenge an action of the president when he relaxes an obligation on a certain party. it's much easier to find those that have standing to challenge the action that imposes the due obligations that the legislature has never approved. that is what has happened in the case of the president issuing tax credits through federal exchanges because those tax credits will trigger tax penalties on employers and individuals in those 34 states that have established the exchange and a number of those employers and individuals including the two states attorneys general in the 15 indiana school districts and a dozen or more private employers and private citizens h
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Dec 9, 2013 10:00am EST
rouhani was elected, there was some acceleration leading up to the u.n. general assembly. you'll recall that rouhani was engaging in what was termed a charm offensive, right, and he was going around talking to folks. and at that point, it made sense for us to see, all right, how serious are you potentially about having these conversations. they did not get highly substantive in the first several meetings but were much more exploring how much room, in fact, did they have to get something done. and then as soon as they began to get more technical, at that point, they converged with the p5-plus-1 discussions. i will say this -- the fact of rouhani's election -- it's been said that there's no difference between him and ahmadinejad except that he's more charming. i think that understates the shift in politics that took place in this election. obviously, rouhani is part of the iranian establishment, and i think we have to assume that his ideology is one that is hostile to the united states and to israel. but what he also represents is the desire on the part of the iranian people for a change
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Dec 5, 2013 7:00pm EST
in order to ensure their participation in the elections and the inauguration ceremonies will now be resolved as a result of recent consultations. this would be a welcome demonstration by the private sector of its involvement in the beautiful future we are all trying to build. we have devoted time to a discussion of economic questions because they are fundamental to the realisation of the fundamental objectives of the reconstruction and development programme below i mention some of the work in which the relevant governments are already involved to translate these objectives into reality. the government will take steps to ensure the provision of clean water on the basis of the principle of water security for all and the introduction of proper sanitation sensitive to the protection of the environment. we are determined to address the dire housing shortage in a vigorous manner, acting together with the private sector and the communities in need of shelter. health also remains a fundamental building block of the humane society we are determined to create through the implementation of
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Dec 3, 2013 10:00am EST
under the protection of the nationally elected president and charged him to take care that they would be faithfully executed. let's first take a quick look at one of the targets of these charges and that is phasing in the aca that is a routine )-close-paren action. whether the administration do? on july 2, it announced the decision to postpone for one year to january 1, 2014 effective date for the aca that workers provide health insurance or pay taxes. this and other subsequently announced the delays do not enforce at all. on the contrary they are merely phasing in the adjustments designed to ensure effective implementation of the statute in accordance with congress purposes. the treasury department announcement makes that clear in the proposed regulations that it has followed through on on september 5 to make that clear as does the treasury statement that it intends to continue fine-tuning those regulations and working with the people affected by them until you become finally effective. and i should emphasize just after the administration took this action, president george w. bush se
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Dec 7, 2013 6:00am EST
reform and on energy, just to mention a couple, and your election returns, you would have to say in a you're probably a textbook example of what happens when you get out the do the right thing. you're actually able to get things done in the end and have a legacy to look to. it's more than just rhetoric and textbook theory. some have put it in practice and you should be proud of what you've done and i know curt's put it in practice. i didn't mean to embarrass you but i wanted to put that out there as a real world example. >> we just have a couple minutes left. are there any members of the audience who would like to pose a question? we have senator ward from hawaii. gene, you're up. >> can we come visit? >> aloha. but hawaii is unique, obviously not only because of its terrain but because of its political history. we have super majority. i'm in the house of 51. my caucus is seven. in the senate there's one republican and 24 democrats. what are some insights i can bring back? i really like the concept not because i'm in the minority but because we are americans first then republicans then de
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Dec 2, 2013 10:00pm EST
of congratulations that had been sent to president-elect carter. at the same time, you know, she wouldn't miss life in politics. he had promised her long before watergate that they were going to retire in 1976. once he concluded he would not be speaker of the house, she had exacted a promise that after 1976, they would leave washington, go back to grand rapids, practice law, had no money, make a little bit of money for the kids and so on, and intervening events played havoc with that, but they left washington to go to another destination. >> host: we talked about the struggles with alcohol when he was in the house of representatives. here's what she wrote about this in the white house years. the next problem got worse and my pills were always with me. still, i didn't not drink alcoholically in the white house. there was too much at stake. what little drinking we did was confined to camp david on a weekend or drinks upstairs before we went to bed. now she said the pills were always with me. how big a problem was this for her in her white house years? >> guest: you know, i don't know how to answer th
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Dec 5, 2013 8:00pm EST
. christopher van hollen was elected to congress in 2002 representing maryland's eighth district and he quickly rose to become one of the youngest members of the democratic leadership serving as chairman of the democratic congressional campaign committee and his assistant to the speaker of the house. in 2010 he was elected his colleagues to be the top democrat in the house budget committee, it post he still holds today. congressman van hollen has the distinction of being the only member of congress who grew up in the u.s. foreign service. the other was john kerry who has since moved on to secretary of state. he was born in karachi pakistan and went to grade school in turkey, high school in india and early in his career was an arms control expert in the u.s. senate. i would add that both his parents were distinguished state department officials. his father highly respected ambassador and member of the foreign service and his mother one of the government's top analyst on afghanistan in the region. i would also add in this arid of chairman rogers and our previous speaker congressman van hollen in
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Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
will tell us all why he made a career change in rows to be present at columbia in 2010. he was elected for four-year term extending until august 2014 obtaining more than 9 million votes, the highest amount obtained by any candidate in the history of colombian democracy. two weeks ago he announced he will run for re-election in next year's presidential election saying he wants to be able to finish the peace process he started. president sub two campaigned in 2010 on a platform to carry on the offensive against the leftist guerrillas that have waged war against the government for decades. as president however he opened talks with the revolutionary armed forces of colombia or farc. negotiators reached a draft agreement on november 6 as 1 aspect of the talks and we expect president santos will tell us about the negotiations in the chances for an ultimate peace agreement. the peace negotiations could well be a central issue in next year's elections with one leading opponent calling for an and to the peace talks. also opposing the peace negotiations is former president uribe a former nationa
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Dec 3, 2013 6:00am EST
to some new duty post and i watched him rise. i was terrified that my election as president would mess up his army career because people would think i had something to do with some advance, i never had anything to do with anything he got. he got it all on his own merits. in spite of the fact the we were friends. he has done a lot of things for our country but nothing touched me more than when he reached down the side of that mountain trying to save his colleagues in a burning car. i woke up in the middle of the night last night and i couldn't go back to bed. i relived bosnia from start to finish. ron brown and all the people in the commerce department and business leaders who died on a mountainside in croatia in up plane crash on of mission trying to rebuild bosnia economically. i often wondered if they had lived, weather there would have been enough economic progress to melt some of the stubbornness that persisted it the end of the war. i want to thank al gore for giving me the list of sanctions and giving them to the country and being really tough. wesley clark's pay, who i am grateful
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Dec 5, 2013 6:00am EST
people work hard and they've got a right to expect their elected representatives to do the same. house republicans are listening. to date the house has passed nearly 150 bills this congress that the united states senate has failed to act on. many of them would help our economy and boost job creation. nearly 150 bills passed by this house yet to be acted on by the senate. these bills would do things like increase the supply of american energy and build the keystone pipeline, roll back red tape and unnecessary regulations, provide more flexibility to working families, reform and improve job trake programs, protect -- training programs, protect americans from cyberattacks, help schools recruit and keep the best teachers, allow the american people to keep the health care plans that they'd like or to scrap the health care law that's wreaking havoc on our economy. every single one of these bills have been blocked by washington democrats. the senate, the president continue to stand in the way of the people's priorities. now we're trying to come to an agreement on the budget and on the farm bi
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Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
, until the peaceful end of white rule in 1990. he was elected president in 1994. next up am a we will show you his inauguration speech from 1994. [applause] >> it is my great pleasure to announce the president of the south africa, mr. nelson mandela. [applause] >> your majesties, your royal highnesses, distinguished guests, comrades, and friends, today, all of us do, by our presence here, and by our celebrations in other parts of our country and the world confer glory and hope to newborn liberty. out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud. our daily deeds as ordinary south africans must produce an actual south african reality that will reinforce humanity's belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul, and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all. all this we owe both to ourselves and to the peoples of the world who are so well represented here today. to my compatriots, i have no hesitation in saying that each one of us is as intimately attached
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Dec 3, 2013 8:00pm EST
. and rose to become president of colombia in 2010. he was elected for a four-year term extended until august 2014 obtaining more than 9 million votes. the highest amount obtained by any candidate in the history of columbian democracy. two weeks ago ahead announced he will run for reelection in the election. saying he wants to finish the peace process he started. pts antos campaigned in 2010 on a platform to carry-on. he opened talk with the main rebel group the revolutionary armed forces of colombia or farc. they reached a draft agreement on november 6th on one aspect of the talk. and we expect and the chances for an ultimate peace agreement. the peace negotiations could be a central issue in next year's presidential elections. with one leading opponent calling for an end to the peace talks. also opposing the peace negotiations is former president. employees give him a warm welcome. [applause] [applause] thank you very much. thank you for attending this session. it's a great prirvelg to be here among my fellow journalists. why did i switch from journalism to to -- the one of the rooms first
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Dec 4, 2013 1:00am EST
that the law was constitutional and the election where we chose one later who advocated one approach over a later advocated another. as we look going forward to the next five years in particular, i would say that there are going to be five very specific levels within which all of this is going to unfold and for which we will see enormous transformational change. the first and most imminent factor perhaps will be congress itself. congress is unlikely to change the affordable care act finding the necessary votes in both the house and senate and getting the necessary presidential signature so i don't expect any immediate changes with regards to the law itself but we do have an enormous opportunity to change the public programs, medicare and medicaid recognizing that it is a significant budget and cost driver and realizing that by simply changing these two major programs, they can be an engine for change in the entire healthcare marketplace. there, congress has a choice between cutting programs and just shifting the cost on to somebody else, which we have done all too often or redesigning and
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Dec 6, 2013 8:00pm EST
. the united states senator elected in 2010 and has certainly made his mark in just a very short time. he has proven to be an outspoken champion for constitutional liberties and fiscal responsibility. warrior against government overreach. among his first legislative billions, cutting $500 in federal spending and balancing the budget in just five years. he has since introduced similar bills with growing support. he serves on the foreign relations committee, homeland security, and government affairs with the small business committee. a graduate of duke university school of medicine, he was a practicing ophthalmologist in kentucky for 17 years. in 1995, he founded the southern kentucky eye clinic, an organization that provides eye exams and surgeries to needy families and individuals. he still does that work today. has been a vocal advocate for term limits, a balanced budget amendment, a read the bills act, an auditor of the federal reserve, and has gained prominence for his independent position on many political issues. a devotedul is husband and father, married for 23 years to kelly ashbury an
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Dec 4, 2013 6:00am EST
before the next general election. we still have no clue from those six questions with the labour party will actually do. we do know a few things. and energy con which would see prices go up rather than down. no apology to crashing economy in the first place. and a total failure to stand up to the trade unions office. mr. speaker, if they can't manage to come up with some sensible policies, if they can't manage their own party, why should anyone think that they can manage our country? [shouting] >> mr. speaker, this weekend i will be supporting local firms in my constituency. companies welcome the reduction this government has introduced in terms of corporation tax and national insurance contributions, but what more can be done to reduce business rates? >> mr. speaker, i would suggest to my honorable friend he should wait until the chancellor makes his autumn statement and small business saturday as it prohibited to encourage a going to support small businesses in uk. of course, the last government plan to do and more generous small business rate relief to we reversed that decision savi
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Dec 2, 2013 8:00pm EST
for him particularly to have the mandate of a popular election as the only appointed president almost a president with ans a terrific next to his name. >> she may have supported the bid for the white house. when she first met him she didn't know he was getting a politician. >> that's what she said. it's hard to believe she was notely naive. ford was a big man on campus. a local hero. it's not terribly surprising he should decide to go to public life. there's no doubt she was surprised they were married in 1948. >> here is are a agree that. i want to get a request. in after the republican congressional primary, why? >> i think the simple answer is yes. you have to know west michigan to appreciate. west michigan considerably more than now was a culturally conservative place. a place with the dutch reform church held sway. and certainly always a fiscal conservative. never the less, was running against an entrenched republican incumbent. an eyelationallist who opposed the plan. ford was one of the world war ii returning veterans who had seen the consequences of american isolationism. and
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Dec 2, 2013 10:00am EST
. the last time was the election year when he could make a case to defend his record. this time you do not have a moment like that way you can say give me another chance. -- dig be harder to send out of a hole like this. it is pretty easy to write off a .ame-duck resident people look for opportunities to do so in this town. you highlight another obstacle facing, digging out of perceptions. the closer we get to 2016, the more they will be fixed. that is a big challenge that this white house faces. we are speaking to scott wilson, the white house bureau chief. we are talking about recent fores, criticism received healthcare.gov. please give us a call. the phone numbers are on the screen. of course, we will also be taking your comments on e-mail, facebook, and twitter. as folks are calling in, we want to ask you about this headline in october. talk about the inattention to detail that you see here. guest: a couple things have come up recently with the national security agency eavesdropping disclosures. he said he was not aware the united states was eavesdropping on a german chancellor's p
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Dec 9, 2013 12:00pm EST
elected political life. but it is really nice to be able to come here today and congratulate both of them in person for the incredible work than they have done to further strong relationships between the united states and israel. and this forum, as all of you have seen in the last 24 hours, has become an invaluable expression of not just their personal commitment, but our ability to come together to talk about complicated issues. it is already the 10th anniversary. during that short span of time, it is safe to say this has become the premiere venue for a u.s.-israel public dialogue. i guess it is no surprise because there is a lot to talk about. i am also -- i will just share with you quickly, haim and i are about the same age. when we were each in high school, haim in tel aviv and me in new england, we both picked up the bass guitar and we dreamed of making it big as rock stars. [laughter] if you ever heard the music that my bandmates and i made, and you can go on youtube and actually hear it, you would know that my first true act of public service was when i stopped playing public gigs.
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Dec 4, 2013 4:00pm EST
members. and several cases considerable amount of elected experience. but substantial achievement in their life. they get the talking points from the west wind. it's necessarily a frustration. i think some cabinet members deal with the frustration and in their own targeted way push back against it. more effectively than others. >> the quote in his piece from we are completely marginalized until the you know what hits the fan. if your question is did the president rely on the cabinet as a group of advisers. no, he didn't. well, and i think that pretty much sums up the by and large consensus we talk to. picking up on john's point. it was a. a. it wasn't they were left to do their own thing. of it a sense that politics ruled in at white house because the first mission of any first-term mission is from a second-term president. i think it was the orientation of how the west wing was structured in that first term. it was a readies contain for many folk. steven chu was the energy secretary for the first four years of
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Dec 4, 2013 12:00am EST
new duty post, and i watched him rise. i was terrified my election as president would mess up the army with some advance. he got it all on his own merits, some in in spite of the facts that we were friends. he had done a lot of things for our country, but nothing touched me more than when he raced down the side of the mountain trying to save his colleagues in a burning car. i woke up in the middle of the night last night, and i couldn't go back to be. e relived bosnia from start to finish. i miss brown and all the people in the commerce department and business leaders who died on a mountainside in crow -- cro asia on a mission to rebuild bosnia economically, and i have often wondered if they had lived, whether there would have been enough economic progress to milk some of the stubbornness that persisted at the end of the war. i want to thank al gore for giving me mr. sanctions leon ferth and getting him to the country and for being really tough the pay on whom i am grateful for, no longer with us, is true. not all the military felt the way they did, and after we got the peace agreement
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Dec 9, 2013 12:30pm EST
and his election to the highest office in south africa. it was, as he said, a long walk to freedom. as a prisoner in a cell measuring 7 feet by 8, there must have been times when nelson mandela felt that his fists were beating against a wall that would not be moved, but he never be wavered. as he famously cede at his -- said at his trial, he wanted to live for and achieve the ideal of a democratic and free society. but it was also an ideal for which, as he said very clearly, he was prepared to die. even after long years of imprisonment, he rejected offers for his freedom until they had removed all conditions that would have prevented his struggle for justice. what sustained him throughout all was a belief in human dignity, that no one is naturally superior over anyone else, that each person has inherent worth. as he came so powerfully when he came to speak in this parliament. in the end, the cries of the infant who dies because of hunger or because a machete has slit open its stomach will penetrate the noises of the modern city and its sealed windows to say am i not human too? nels
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Dec 9, 2013 2:30pm EST
addresses, i've used his decision when elected president of south africa to invite that guard from his prison to be there as one of his honored guests at his inauguration as president of south africa. that, to me, speaks volumes. nelson mandela taught us powerful lessons about justice, tolerance and reconciliation. as the first democratically elected president of south africa, mandela was the father of a new nation, like george washington the father of our nation, he chose deliberately to walk away from power. in doing so he reminded us that peaceful, orderly transition of power is one of the hall machines of a real -- hallmarks of a real democracy. sadly this year, for the second year in a roarks the award committee wouldn't identify one african leader who met that standard. leaders in neighboring zimbabwe, egypt, cuba and so many other nations torn by conflict and manipulated division would do well to ponder this greatness of nelson mandela. at the end of persist presidency he came to washington to receive the congressional gold medal. this congressional gold medal is the highest hon
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Dec 9, 2013 6:30pm EST
who are elected from our states to represent the people who have a right to be heard. 77 times this majority leader has cut off amendments in a body whose whole purpose is to amend, debate, and vote. i call it a gag rule. with the majority cutting off the right of american voices to be heard on the senate floor. 114 times he's filed a motion to cut off debate on the same day he's introduced a bill, and he calls that a filibuster. i call it a gag rule. he's bypassed senate committees in an unprecedented way. 76 times in the last six years. he set himself up as the king of the senate. may i offer an amendment on iran, a senator might ask? no. may i offer an amendment on egypt? no. how about an amendment on obamacare? what about a bill on the national labor relations board? no. can we work on appropriations bills? no. only one person deciding what happens here when in fact the history of the senate has been a place of virtually unlimited debate on virtually any amendment. that's been the history of the united states senate. it's different than the house of representatives. it has
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Dec 6, 2013 1:00am EST
earlier in the challenge he gave to elected officials and business leaders. it was reminding me of leo xiii. that was over 100 years ago. it was an encyclical that recognized the value of work and respect for workers. it seems to me we should reread that as well as we rejoice in pope francis' very valuable statements. thank you for catholic charity's work. this is, as you said at the end, this is on top of everything else. this is on top of the resistance to raising the minimum wage, for cutting $40 billion out of food stamps. i mean, how unconscionable can that be? pell grants, now wanting to cut pell grants which are providing education for low-income families. title i for economically advantaged areas to have the education. the list goes on and on of the compounding of all of these things that are not really a budget that is a statement of our values. but really just -- perhaps they don't know. they either don't know or they don't care. so let's hope that now knowing they will care. thank you for improving the knowledge base that people have on this. yes indeed we are making a very
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Dec 6, 2013 5:00am EST
will be verifying every move. i cannot read the mind of the a rainy and's. ians.e iran rouhani whosident was elected on a platform to try to relieve the sanctions because of a terrible economic situation. you also have lots of folks in revolutionary guard and others, who would like to see this whole thing unravel. give theteps that revolutionary guard ammunition to try to undermine the effort than it seems to me that we harm ourselves. we are not going into this thinking that being iran -- thinking that the iranian regime will change its --. reasons to doonal that. we should test of that. ultimately, if this does not work, the only remaining option is the one of the president has said has been on the table. the use of force. opponents of this effort need to explain why they would want to skip over the diplomatic testing effort which would lead to iran continuing with its nuclear program. the only alternative is the one- way i have on the table but would like to avoid, which is the use of force. there is a big burden on the opponents of this agreement to hat isople know that t their final position. >
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Dec 6, 2013 10:00am EST
federation of teachers. she served as president for 12 years before her election as aft president in 2008. that ends the biographical portion of the program. as always, we are on the record here. please no live blogging or tweeting or other means of filing well this is underway. there is no embargo on the breakfast. our friends at c-span have agreed not to air video of the session until one hour after the breakfast is over to give reporters time to file. give me a nonthreatening signal and i will call on one and all. low on the subtleties scale, but nonthreatening anyway. the nonthreatening is what i'm concerned about. we will offer our guest the opportunity to make some opening comments and then we will move to questions around the table. thank you for doing this. >> first of all i just want to say thank you for all of you for being here. and thank you for letting me engage in this give-and-take with everyone. can you hear me? i am an asthmatic. when i am sitting instead of standing, i have to actually really use my lungs. it is an interesting -- i riff on that a little bit, because it i
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Dec 9, 2013 4:30pm EST
of the key elements of the majority's winning elections and majority in the senate. and for us to wait since, i believe, june when we passed the bill out of the armed services committee until just shortly, a short time ago and then only allowing a few days is really a grave disservice not so much to the members of the senate, but it's a grave disservice and a lack of prioritization of the importance of this legislation. and i'm deeply disappointed that the majority leader of the senate, because of his manipulation of the calendar has put us in this position. having said that, i spend time, as i know the senator from oklahoma and the senator from michigan, our distinguished chairman have, in the company of men and women who serve. one of our obligations as members of the armed services committee is to spend time with the military. i know that the senator from oklahoma does and the senator from -- the chairman does as well. and, you know, their morale isn't good. they've seen sequestration take place, across-the-board cuts that have been done with a meat-ax and not a scalpel. and all three of
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Dec 2, 2013 12:00pm EST
prisoners from the 2009 elections still being under house arrest but it would be difficult to have those conversations without a nuclear agreement. now that we have a nuclear agreement it is my hope that we can broaden the conversation. i would like to see a restoration of diplomatic relations that's not going to happen obviously for lionel. but if we have routine conversations between john kerry and javad zarif and others on a lower level that i but it does p a lot of prospects popped next month in january there is going to be a conference in geneva on serious and most likely the iranians will be there along with the saudi's and russians and others. john do you want to add anything? >> i for one have always advocated a broad agenda with iran. and it always seemed to me that the nuclear issue was that there were issues that were so vital to each side on issues of legality and nonproliferation, issues of national pride that this was going to be very difficult to resolve. and that would have happened is that we were -- if you pardon the expression -- holding the whole relationship hostage
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Dec 3, 2013 6:00pm EST
your plans for covering the upcoming congressional election and beyond that the presidential election. >> i think we want to rates a lot of news and tell entertainment stories i think there is a incremental political scoop that now it's just a tweet. it was something that was never that interesting and basically contained 142 characters that someone's press secretary put which are super fun to do if your covering it campaign and maybe just publishing things on twitter and writing the story is going to absorb more of the small increment which is great because it's a waste of time to write those stories. you feel like you are stretching to fill 400 words but i don't know. basically you want to do really like deep reporting and those are the things. and also we want to do fun and entertaining stuff about these guys. politics has always been both about policy and power but also gossip and personality and if you ever talked any of these politicians, that's what they want to talk about. it's all kind of rolled up together so we kind of have to do all of that. yeah, so that's all i've got. t
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Dec 3, 2013 10:00pm EST
in 1992. the documents depight a newly elected president eager to address the intensifying conflict which showed no sign of resolution. in 1995, they led to the dayton accord that led to ending of fighting in the region. the second story is one of intelligence support. in june 1992, the cia created the dci bulkan task force under rapidly bulkan conflict. the clinton administration informed by the bulkan task force chartered a strategic policy melding humanitarian aide, economic sanctions, force, and diplomacy, but the path to peace, as these documents make clear, was treacherous, and the administration relied on accurate intelligence to make difficult choices. the last story is the uniqueness of the documents themselves. this collection has a portion of the bosnia wars, the youngest collection ever released in the 20-year existence of the cry's historical review program. now, before i introduce the first speaker today, i'd like to recognize all of our conference participants. dr. madelyn albright, former secretary of state, and former ambassador to the u.n.. dr. albright. [applause] sandy
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Dec 4, 2013 8:00am EST
documentary about hillary clinton that would be viewed on demand on cable counted as a kind of an election message that the law banned in certain blackout periods before elections. that was the original question of citizens united. what you wanted to know is how did that turn into the citizens united case issue about this huge thing that shifted the ground under campaign finance legislation. so he wanted to know how did that work for the court and what with the ups and downs. you know, even when you publish a book like that and have sources like that, you still there from other justice is a, it was a very good book but i think jeff was wrong about this one point. but yes, in the main it's because he's writing a book. >> supreme court reporters failed to be for a long time. lyle denniston i believe has been there for 55 years. amy, do you worry about getting too close to the institution? >> i don't think so. i think especially with lyle. lyle really calls them as he sees them, and he prides himself -- because he prides himself on being independent, not only of his editor and publisher, but
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Dec 4, 2013 12:00pm EST
on this subject to elections across the subject of. is a very close personal friend. he's a senior advisor and he's agreed to join us today. and tom will give a presentation and take some questions and answers. tom, thank you very much. welcome tom daschle. [applause] >> byron, thank you very much for that generous introduction. thank you all for your warm reception this morning. i really appreciate the opportunity to be with you and to talk as denis edney, about something that we all care deeply about. and i think it is appropriate that i'm the third in this line of midwestern speakers, minnesota, north dakota. the gateway to south dakota and it's only appropriate that i come third. denis and byron and i grew up in states where, in most of the kids you put in turning and leaving on the same post. those kids are about seven years old before they realize the name of the town isn't resume speed. so we have a lot in common. but obviously you can understand why i'm as proud of denis' work and his commitment to public service as i am this morning. i've known him for close to now 20 years. and i had th
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Dec 5, 2013 12:00am EST
service under, dsp operations to identify problems and propose correct elections. we found six barrels remain noncompliant in this area are both cycles of our inspections. generally, bear management did not provide adequate oversight to ensure sales timelier complete. we correlation to sao noncompliance in bank into a temporary director or manager positions for advance or greater. currently, we are assessing bba's initiatives to improve claims processing and eliminate the backlog. we are reviewing the initiative vba began on april 19, 2013 to process within 60 days i'll claims over two years old. i've know, we determined 10 of 11 provisional rating decisions at the los angeles burial were not compliant with vba guidance. we found the director's office had enough conflict think i'd just ask or require provisional ratings without supporting medical evidence. concerned that additional errors they exist, we recommended that bba review for accuracy all 170 provisional rating completed by the los angeles bureau after the conflict has issued. findings from our ongoing audit of the veterans be
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